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Local Disc and secondary disc drives disappeared

Q: Local Disc and secondary disc drives disappeared

My local disc drive C disappeared from My Computer and also the secondary drives wont show I haven't installed any new software or anything, I haven't looked at them for about a week and then I saw that they were gone

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I have a couple of issues.

My disc drives have disappeared from My Computer. I have 2 drives, a Cd/DVD burner that was Drive 'D', and a CD/DVD player that was Drive 'E'. Both of them have power....the drawers will open, the lights will flash, but they won't auto-start anymore. When I use a burner (Nero), it doesn't see the drives, and they aren't in My Computer.

MS upgrades won't install. There are 86 upgrades that won't install. The little shield thingy shows up in the 'Turn Off' icon, and it tries to install, but I get the error message. I turned off auto-upgrade so I shouldn't get any more, but how do I get rid of these.

Also, my computer is doing strange things. I often have to click on Start/Turn Off Computer twice....it just goes back to the desktop the first time.

I have run an anti-virus scan with Avast, CCleaner both files and registry, Ad-Aware SE and Spybot. None had any effect.

Please help!!

A:Disc drives disappeared and MS upgrades won't install

Have you checked the Device Manager to see if either of the drives has a little yellow exclamation point next to it or a little red x?

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Hi, when I click on Local Disc (C:) nothing happens. When I right click on it, instead of "Open" and "Explore", some strange text is there:

It is the same story with external USB Drives (like memory keys). I think it has something to do with an mp3 player I tried, as I first noticed the problem after installing the mp3 player. However, I uninstalled it and that had no effect. Aside from not being able to open Local disc in the normal way, I can still open files through the search function, and I haven't had any other problems. I am using a Dell XPS M1210 laptop with XP.
Thanks, any help would be appreciated.

A:Cannot access Local Disc (C:) or USB Drives

ive looked on google, there seems to be people also experiencing this, but none are resolved, just reinstall

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I can't open the local disc drives by clicking two times over it

every timer i double click on the drive doesn't open and the window of

(open with) to choose programm appear.

I can open the drives by choosing it from the tool bar

Can any one help me to fix this problem



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Okay, I hate Windows Vista and I am updating to Windows 7. My question is this, I currently have Windows Vista, 32 bit system and when I open the "Computer" from the "Start" icon, I am showing the following Drives and Devices with Removable Storage (5).
First item:
1. "Hard Disk Drives (2).
A. Local Disk (C)
B. Second disk is "RECOVERY (D).
These are followed up by "Devices with Removable Storage (5)
1. HD DVD-ROM Drive (F)
2. Compact Flash (G)
3. Combo Socket (H)
4. SD/MMC (I)
5. Memory Stick (J)
This is exact how it is shown under the "Computer" Icon
How do I do a complete format of both drives so that I can do a clean boot and installation with Windows 7?
I have tried youtube recommendations but nothing is said about 2 drives.

A:Formatting "Hard Disk Drives (2) : Local Disc (C); Recovery (D)

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.
After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.
Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?

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I have a secomdary drive with all of my games and it is at 100% usage even though read and write speeds are at 0 each. I will put a few pictures in here.
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A:100% disc usage on secondary drive

If you go back and look at the Resource Monitor, does the Disk Activity window show what or where the G: and E: partitions are being written?

I am not sure what units the Disk Queue number is in, but if it means seconds, 12 would seem to be a very large number.

Any chance the drive is going bad?

Have you tried changing the Sata port the drive is on?

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When booting up the computer, my computer is usually able to find the IDE Secondary Master, but recently it has been unable to find this at all and as a knock on effect my computer is now unable to read CD-Roms at all as my computer does not realize its there. PLEASE HELP. if you need any more information just post a message here and ill add any further information you may need.
Thank You Very Much

A:[SOLVED] IDE Secondary Master + Disc Drive

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i`m so new to all this so i hope someone can help me.....turned on my computer this morning to find that my secondary hard disc drive cannot be found....press F1 to continue or F2 to go into bios to fix it.....i went in there only to find out i dont know what i`m looking at.....i ended up finding out that it needs to be enabled...but how.....then later it all dissappeared...lol...i`m going crazy....how can i get my computer to find this disc drive?

A:secondary hard disc drive not found

Welcome to TSG
BIOS setups are not all the same but usually what you are looking for is in the "Main" heading. Look for something that says Primary IDE master, Primary IDE Slave, Secondary IDE Master, Secondary IDE Slave.

Where the "missing" hard drive should be located in the above scheme depends how it is actually hooked up. If it's on the same cable as your main drive it probably would be the Primary slave. (not sure what you meant by secondary).

The drive may have died but the most common problem is just the cable is loose. Are you comfortable checking that inside the case.

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My system disc with C: and Acer recovery partitions seems to have disappeared.

- Belarc Safety Advisor says TOSHIBA MK6465GSX [Hard drive] -- disabled.
- Disc Management and various partition managers do not show the disc, only my external drive.
- The C drive is normally visible in My Computer and Windows Explorer.
- The computer reboots normally.

I have no idea when or why this happened. Clicking on C:->Properties in My Computer and then clicking on Hardware->Properties shows no volumes on the disc. Clicking on Populate brings up an error message saying the volume information for this disc cannot be found. All very strange.

Does anyone know how I can get my system disc back, please?


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6125 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6650M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 593993 MB, Free - 411970 MB; G: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 304928 MB; H: Total - 1430799 MB, Free - 1235243 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, JE70_HR
Antivirus: COMODO Antivirus, Updated and Enabled


A:System disc has disappeared

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Almost a year ago now, I purchased a LightScribe drive for my computer, which had an expansion slot available. It's worked fine.

However, today, I was going to create a LightScribe disk. I clicked the button on the drive to open it, and nothing happened. (The light didn't even flash). I went to My Computer, and only one drive appeared (I have two... the other one functions.) In device manager, only one item appeared under DVD/CD-ROM drives.

My first thought was something was wrong with the drive. So I rebooted the PC, and when the Compauq logo was up, I clicked the button to open the drive. The light went on, and the drive opened. However, when Windows fully opened, it's unfunctional again.

I am running XP, and the drive is made my LG.

Thanks for the help!

A:Disc Drive Disappeared?

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I just got a new E drive because my C drive was full and slowing my computyer down. I tried to copy my files from the C to the E and now they're scattered everywhere. Also, any files now on the E drive, I can't delete. Please help! THX!

A:Local disc help

What type of files did you try to copy, how did you try to copy them and what do you mean by they are "scattered"? What happens when you try to delete files?

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Hi, i am just configuring my first back up using paragon free edition and it shows a local disc holding about 6bg of something. I do not know what it is on it or how to access it or whether I need to back in up in addition to my HDD. My HDD and my external hard drive are the only ones which appear in "my computer"

Any help would be appreciated

Many Thanks


A:Local disc ????

Quote: Originally Posted by Andyonline

Hi, i am just configuring my first back up using paragon free edition and it shows a local disc holding about 6bg of something. I do not know what it is on it or how to access it or whether I need to back in up in addition to my HDD. My HDD and my external hard drive are the only ones which appear in "my computer"

Any help would be appreciated

Many Thanks


Could be a backup partition...such as an OEM partition used to restore your computer to factory settings....

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Hi All,

Please could someone advise on this annoying situation! My CD drive has disappeared from Mycomputer and inputting a CD doesn't do anything.

I get this error; tsst corp cddvdw su-208fb has a driver problem when running troubleshoot. But doesn't help in advising what to do next!

Any ideas?


A:Optical disc drive has disappeared

Hi Neo

Which notebook model do you have?
Is optical disc drive listed in device manager?
Some unknown device listed there?

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I turned on my laptop,i went to computer and there is no Local Disk D,there was only C.
I cant find it in any programm.Pls help, I dont know how to fix it.
It has a reading error I think.

A:Local Disc D dissappeared

Hi hanomajstor

Can you post a screenshot of your expanded disk management page -
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
Screenshot with Paint


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Local disc (C shows 12.6 GB free of 65.4 GB yet I can only find about 26 GB of files, etc on that drive. In other words, I can find about half of what it says is on there.

I'm running Vista on my HP / Compaq 2510p

A:Why is my local disc (C:) almost full?

Hi Roszell

Download Belarc. It tells you everything involved in the operation of your computer. It will tell you the size of your HDD and how much space is used and what's available. If there is more than one partition on your HDD. If you have more than 1 partition, that could be where your space is.

You might want to do a backup and reinstall makeing one partition. If you do remember you will need a Vista setup disk.


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I have just started to use such things as removeable Disc Drives and Flash Drives...I have had an old 100mg Zip Drive permanently attached since I bought my computer in 2004, but now I've bought an HP laptop and realize that it's totally inadequate for transfering files and back-up. I have bought a 2G flash drive, which I love. Then, I bought a Seagate Free Agent-Go (80 G) which I hated with its confusing softwareit and I returned it and replaced it with a Data-To-Go by I/OMagic (809G)to transfer data. I like the Data-to-Go...no software, no mess...just a straight old drive.

Since there was no uninstall on the Seagate software I used add/remove to get rid of it. It all seemed to be gone, but now here's what MY COMPUTER looks like when I click on it:

Hard Drives: Local Disk (C

Devices with Removeable Storage: 3.5 Floppy (A; DVD Drive (D, CD-RW Drive (E; Removeable Disk (F; Zip 100 (G

Now, if I right click on (C or (F and click Properties, then Hardware, thy both highlight i.e point to WDC WD800BB-53DKAO, which I know is the number for my 80G hard drive.

If I click on (C, all my files come up. If I click on (F, it asks for a disk. If I plug the IOMAgic external and/or the flash drive into a USB port the drives will be designated (H and (I, depending on the order I did that. The IOMagic will go into the Hard Drive area of MY COMPUtER - the flash drive will show as a Removeable Disk.

I hope this has been explained well enough. Should I just ignore it. I&... Read more

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I have recently noticed the addition of a Local Disc Z, I note previous solutions offered, but so far none have removed the drive.I understand that the Z drive can be hidden from the exp;orer screen, either solution would do. Thank you in advance.

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My Local Disc C is at 90% full all of a sudden: I only have about 9GB free from a total of about 200GB. I have two other discs - D for random things like movies, music, pictures etc. and E for games and programs, both were given 400GB and are almost free as I don't store much on my computer. I install nor store anything on C other than what Windows puts there so my disc was at 20GB usage at most before this happened.
I looked through the properties of all my folders in C and they are nowhere near this amount of data so where is this coming from and what can I do?

Additional info:
1. I tried to install a pirated copy of Adobe Illustrator 6 days ago (re-installed many times, couldn't crack so eventually I gave up and removed the whole thing - I only needed it to view a single file anyways), I think this happened after that but am not sure as I only noticed it yesterday - could that have bugged my system somehow?
2. I tried restoring my system to a previous state but it keeps failing to do so.
3. I run a Windows 7 Ultimate

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

A:Local Disc C suddenly full

Do the following in that computer.


Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) to the desktop.

After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.

Information about your computer will appear.

Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.


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I have a Samsung laptop and have just noticed that my local disc D is showing full. I have no idea why this is and would like to remove what ever is on there, that shouldn't be there. I did contact Samsung support and they said these are recovery files and not to touch them.

I have no technical computer knowledge, so I am afraid to do anything incase I cause any problems.

I am hoping that someone can kindly advise me what I can do.

Many thanks.

A:Local Disc D is showing full

Welcome aboard, Sallym.

That is a factory made partition, includes some stuff those are needed to restore the computer in factory settings , if it is needed.

You need not to be worried about it, let it be there. But you make the recovery disks, too. There must be some mechanism in Samsung laptops to do it.

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I have been looking left, right and centre for a solution, but failed to find anything that could help me so far... I am hoping you tech buffs can help me resolve my particular issue, so on with the problem:

I insert a (CD/DVD) disc into the disc drive and expect the pc to pick it up, and offer me the autorun menu to see what I would have done with the media inserted therein.

After a bit of whirring, nothing pops up.

Same thing with my USB drives. A bit of whirring, then nothing.

Also... When I manually try to navigate through Windows Explorer, and click upon the disc drive, it brings up the option to format the disc in there

I find that I can eject the disc and re-insert it, and then select the drive, and see the contents.

This is driving me insane!

Even my virtual drives do not autorun when images are mounted onto them!

PLEASE HELP with this, and do not let my call for help sink to the bottom of the "unattended help requests quagmire".

nb: I am running Vista Ultimate x64. So please, all solutions should take into consideration that the computer that has problems is on 64-bit architecture, and not x86.


A:PLEASE HELP! Autorun won't work on disc drives or usb drives

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Hello, The Wife has a Dell XP home, 2gig processor, 1gig ram, 256mg graphics card.

She had curupt files in her OS so we dropped it off at the computer repair store.. On getting it back it ran faster and everything seem to work until she went to install a cd program.. it wouldnt load..

There were 2 cd icons in my computer before the repairs.. Now there are none..

Would anyone know how to get them back?

Thanks in advance,


A:Solved: Compact Disc ICON"S disappeared in My Computer..

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My OS is Win 8.1.

I use Twonky media server to play my music remotely on my smart TV. Obviously, it scans my music libraries, however, I want to have it scan for new playlists as well. I use Winamp as my music player. Does anyone know where on my local disk a file is created when I generate a playlist in Winamp?

Thanks very much.

A:Locating Winamp playlists on my local disc in Win 8.1?

Don't use it myself but you may find the answer here.

Huge playlist problem! - Winamp Forums

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my windows is on C
D is my dvd drive
how do i fix start up repair now?? and get it to say :C local disc

when i try to continue anyways it says now windows was found on drive

i have bootmgr is missing and need to fix it

A:startup repair drive says :d LOCAL disc not :C

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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The windows 10 update is on 29 july which is 4 days from now. I have a question will my local disc c be formatted when i update from win8.1 pro to 10. If it will format what can i do

A:Will local disc C be formatted if i update to win10

Originally Posted by nitefury

The windows 10 update is on 29 july which is 4 days from now. I have a question will my local disc c be formatted when i update from win8.1 pro to 10. If it will format what can i do

Did you read the information that is posted over in tenforums? It is the same as when you upgraded from 8 to 8.1.

You always make a backup of your computer, before you do any upgrading. Basically this point onwards, is supposed to be like those using Mac OS-X. The install behaves like a Service Pack. But that does not always mean that something could not go wrong.

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my computer shuts down when i go to local disc drive right after the my computer part.

what is wrong! a virus or something?

A:Turn off(shut down) when i go to local disc drive


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On fairly new computer with a backup disc - I plugged in my card reader before the back-up one time and then plugged in back-up disc and my computer had now renamed my back-up disc to Local disc H - it was Local Disc G. The Card reader now has been assigned the name Local Disc G. Tried to shut down unplug everything and restart - not using card reader and turning on only back-up disc. This is a problem because all of my files for websites are in back-up disc so all of the pathways are wrong. Is there anyway to get my back-up disc back to Local Disc G? Thanks to anyone who knows what I can do to correct this.

A:Local (back-up) Disc renamed by default

You can use Disk Management to re-assign the drive letters. You'll need to first re-assign H to something else and then assign the other drive to H, then do the other drive to G.

How to get to Disk Management: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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Hello world!

I just got a new laptop with Win7 64 bit home premium and that's all good that this
OS came installed on there and I'm using it, but for my teaching activities I'll need
to get into some Linux OS in a multiboot configuration. So I will want to eventually
need to be able to fix this when the HD fails, well because we know that ALL HDs
will eventually fail, right? So this is a 'remanufactured' ASUS K55A, and the one piece
of paper that came with it says the HD has been reformatted and there is no recovery
partition so I should promptly make up a recovery DVD set, which I did (4 DVDs).

So I used the disk management to shrink the C: down to it's minimum, like 150Gb, due
to what it said was some files that could not be moved. That's probably OK. Then I
deleted the D: and made a new D: of about 350Gb which leaves the unassigned space
all looking to be contiguous (like 188Gb). In looking on there, I see the UEFI partition
of 200Mb, which is cool, and then there are these two mysterious partitions: a 25Gb
recovery partition with no listing of it's filesystem nor any drive letter, hanging out in
the never never land and not in the early (leftmost) part of the disc, and there is this
protected Q: drive that apparently has MS office on it 'in case' I want to buy it. There
is the 'reduced with ads' MS office already working and that is all I would ever want.

1) In reading up I see there is a lot of headache going around with Win 8 and UEFI but
I believe that UEFI is a goo... Read more

A:Questions: UEFI, restore partition, Q:, install disc, recovery disc

Hi PJ,

You covered several areas, so I'll start with some suggestions:

1. Since you already burnt (and checked?) the recovery DVD's, that recovery partition is no longer required, so you can remove it. Everything you need to restore the computer back to its factory state will be contained on those 4 x DVD's - store them safely.

2. For the Linux distro's, given that this is a UEFI boot, I would run them in a virtual machine using either free VirtualBox or free VMWarePlayer (my personal preference is for the latter).
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

3. If you never plan on using Office, uninstall it, then remove the Q: partition.

You should also consider a clean OEM install at some point - it gets rid of all the bloatware that the OEM's come with:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Lastly, keep this handy if you choose to clean install under UEFI:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with


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For the last couple of days my drives are not being detected by my cpu. even at start up its they are not being detected my 2 hard drives are ok. both the of the CD And DVD drives have power and eject.

A:CPU not seeing my 2 disc drives

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when I start my computer and insert a disc, it will read it and do what i need it to... When I take out that disc and put in a different disc type (like if i was using a CD-ROM and I Insert DVD) it will still read as the first disc (the CD-ROM) I've tryed refreshing both the drives but it doesn't work. if i restart my computer it works fine...but thats a pain. Please help!


Fox Hunt

A:Disc Drives

If you know the manufacturer and model number of your drive, go to the manufacturer's web-site and see if there is are updated drivers.

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i have a question, i have recently formatted my hard drive and there seems to be something wrong with the disc drives before i reformatted i had two drives dvd rw (d) drive and cd drive (e) when i reformatted i had only one drive which was dvd r (d) and i have no idea why but when i installed my disc burning software my other disc drive appeared cd (e). i thought id try writing a disc to the dvd r drive and when i did the dvd r drive was labelled as cd drive (d) i have no idea whats going on can anyone help me out?

A:Disc drives help

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im stuck on what to do. i have been without an os for 3 days now. i am currently using my playstation 3 which is no good i want my vista back. so when i go to install it gives me the error " windows cannot be installed to this disc. the selected disc is of the gpt partition style". i have followed some instructions to diskpart. but after ive seletced my disk and i press enter then type clean and press enter, i dont actually know if it has done anything or doing anything. i cant type anything else after that as it says to type exit in the instructions after typing clean, but it simply wont let my type it. so im hoping someone can shed some light on to this problem for me as ive been stuck for 3 days now and i really am at my last teather with this machine its about to be thrown out the window.

A:windows cannot install to disc the selected disc is gpt partition style

download gparted and then format your disc. or download linux and format your disc

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How do I make a Window 7 x64 Ultimate Install Disk using my Windows x64 Pro Disk? I read somewhere that the four versions of Windows 7 x64 (Starter, Home, Pro and Ultimate) are all on the Setup DVD you buy, the difference is only in the Setup.ins and boot pictures?

I want to make a Slip-streamed Setup DVD for Ultimate. How? Thanks, Donald

A:Make Window 7 x64 Ultimate Install Disc using Windows x64 Pro Disc

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

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I have found a plethora of advice on how to do it. They all say to insert a blank DVD, but nowhere can I find anything about size of disc or how to determine size in individual cases. Also, specific recommendations for disc (I have never burned a disc)?

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I plan to use an exterior HD for system image.

A:Solved: Create system repair disc. Disc size?

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Hi All,
I know this is 'against the rules' as I have posted this in another section as well but I got no replies so thought I would try this instead.

I have a toshiba satellite L750 running Windows 7 home premium, when trying to burn anything onto a blank disc I get as far as selecting my items and asking it to burn but it keeps telling me to insert a blank disc (which obviously I have). I have tried several different types of blank disc but it dosnt seem to recognise any of them.

Would be very greatful if someone could help.

Many thanks in advance!

A:Burning content - disc drive not recognising blank disc

Hmmm tricky are you sure they are blank? your drive also may need a firmware update.

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I've spent hours and hours trying to fix it, and have found nothing really worthwhile online. I'm coming here in the outside chance someone else may have experienced something similar.

Basically, my Windows 7 laptop will no longer allow me to play dvd/cds (burned or store bought). The drive shows up in My Computer, is enabled, bios look good, etc, etc, but if I put a disc in it never autoruns or shows up with the disc name in My Computer,
and if I double click the disc drive I get a "please insert disc" dialogue box and the drive door pops open. I've tried absolutely everything I can think of, and (for what it's worth) I don't think its a hardware issue because after I sent my computer off
to Samsung for this same repair it came back completely reformatted the disc drive worked for a second. Then I started getting rid of some of the bloat ware in here (bought it at best buy... big mistake) again, and it shut down.

Here's what I've done or tried so far:
- Uninstall, reinstall the drive
- Updated the drivers
- Updated dvd/cd drive firmware
- Ran Microsoft's "Fix it" utility
- Cleaned the lenses/laser
- Remapped the drive to a different letter/path
- Checked registry to ensure filters weren't an issue (the upper and lower)
- Restored the laptop back to just after I received it back from the Samsung repair people (didn't work)
- Undid the restore
- Checked BIOS (I'm by no means BIOS-savvy, but it appeared that everything was in line with ... Read more

A:DVD/CD Disc Drive Installed, But Doesn't Recognize Disc In Tray

You could try a system recovery back to factory specs. Here is a link to show you how.

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I'm running a Windows 7 Ultiamte OS and my local disc C keeps losing space (approx 2GB a day)
WTH is going on?
Right now it has 11.2GB left when it shows only 14.7GB is being used.
as shown in the picture below:
Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Avaidable space in local disc issue

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I am new to this forum and was wondering if anyone could please help me with my problem. I have searched the internet for a solution but still struggling. Please bear with me as I am a newbie when it comes to technical stuff....When I purchased my computer I find I have local disk (E) and HDD (C), I am not sure why I have 2 seperate drives as I have only ever had a C drive on my past computers. all my programs seem to be on E drive and this is where the problem is I have perfomed disk cleanup and got rid of programs I dont use but still drive remains full?? I cannot run disk defragmenter as it tells me my drive is full. I am at a standstill and do not know what to do next please can anyone help me out.

My OS is Windows XP, File system NTFS, Local Disk E 5.99 GB with 18.1MB free, HDD C 180GB with 161GB free

Many thanks

A:Local disc drive E: showing no space Help needed please

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Hello everyone, so this is my problem:

Today I turned my computer on, to check my e-mail, and I noticed that it's starting up slow, or better said, the first screen "DETECTING IDE DRIVES" was showed for a long time, and there were no "boot from cd",
PRIMARY SL..... none

or something like this was shown in DETECTING IDE DRIVES screen, normally it shows up a whole screen of it, and I noticed that it has only tried to read my floppy drive and not my LG CD Drive or my ASUS DVD Drive. They don't show up in my computer and if I put a cd in my LG Drive it reads the cd but windows doesn't show it or open it, the little red light under the green one on my computer box is always on, which is not normal, my drives are gone, I can't even open my ASUS Drive.



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My PC (Windows XP) has two disc drives - a CD-RW & DVD-ROM. Up until the last day or two I've had no problems, but the drives have now suddenly disappeared. They no longer appear under My Computer, and no longer autoplay and discs when I load something into either drive.

Does anyone please have any suggestions?

A:Disappearing Disc Drives

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Hello there..I think I have recently encountered something that has horribly afected my CD drives and my USB drives. My CD drives have been deleted from My Computer (that is, when I go to My Computer on the desktop or anywhere else, the CD drives do not appear there) and what's more, they will not eject for me to reformat my computer. My USB drives also won't read anything.

In addition to this, I've been getting a strange message upon starting up my computer. The message says:
"Auto-detecting Pri-slave....Not detected.
Auto-detecting Sec-master...Press <ESC> to abort."

Nothing happens after this message, so I have to press Esc numerous times to get my computer running.

Now, I have no idea what this all means but I have a feeling that my failing disk drives and this message are related somehow, as I got this message at the same time my disk drives stopped working.

I have a HJT log if you need it...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:19:02 AM, on 17/04/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
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A:Disc Drives Not Being Detected

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I've installed two new disc drives, both Sony DRU 820A into my tower. XP doesn't recognize them. Any suggestions? Thanks much. -John

A:XP not recognizing new Disc Drives

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I did a clean install of Win7. I formated the disc and then installed win7 fron the DVD. I have 3 disc drives, 2 SATA and 1 ATA drive. I can see all drives in Device manager and there are no errors. If I run windows explorer the 2 SATA drives show but the ATA drive does not. Also My Computer only showes the 2 SATA drives. I have tried un-installing the ATA drive and re-booting but the drive showes up in Device manager but not windows explorer. The ATA drive is a Seagate ST3160815A. I checked the Seagate site for firmware updates but there are none. Any ideas?

A:Can not access 1 of my disc drives

Open disk management and right click on the drive. Assign it a drive letter.

Better to refer to the drive as IDE as opposed to ATA.

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I think this is more of a Windows issue but this is what's going on.

If I place a disc in the drive and use or or whatever and then take it out. If I look at that drive in My Computer it still shows the files even though the disc is out.

I think this is a setting so if a game install was interrupted it can resume. This is a real pain in the *** for me cause I'm trying to rip all my CDs into WMP11 and I'm haing to close WMP11 after each CD so that the new CD will display.

How do I fix this?!

A:XP Issue with Disc Drives

In My Computer you can try pressing F5 to see if it will change. Not familiar with this in WMP however.

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